INDIANAPOLIS — Noodle, an online learning network, recently announced a partnership with Butler University, named the Midwest Region’s #1 Most Innovative School by U.S. News & World Report.

The partnership will build on Butler’s strategy of increasing adult learners’ access to higher education by immediately launching three online programs with plans for adding more in the near future.

Butler will offer three online graduate degrees in spring 2022: a master of business administration (MBA), a master of science in strategic communication, and a master of science (MS) in data analytics. As Butler looks to expand the University’s impact through its new strategic direction, Butler Beyond, the partnership will lead to a wide array of additional online programs, aligning with Butler’s mission of innovating in an ever-evolving academic world.

In March, the university announced it had received a nearly $10 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. through Charting the Future for Indiana’s Colleges and Universities, a statewide initiative. Lilly Endowment designed Charting the Future to help Indiana’s 38 colleges and universities “engage in thoughtful discernment about the future of their institutions and advance strategic planning and implementation efforts to address key challenges and opportunities.” An earlier Charting the Future planning grant helped Butler research, identify and prioritize the needs it wanted to address. A portion of funding from the latest Charting the Future grant will support the university’s efforts to address the needs of both adult learners and employers.


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